Showtime will begin production this summer on a new series that’s a sequel to the pay-cable channel’s groundbreaking “The L Word.” The eight-episode series is scheduled to premiere toward the end of this year.
The announcement comes as Showtime is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the premiere of the original series, which ran from 2004-2009.
Original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey all return. Marja-Lewis Ryan is showrunner and is executive producing with series creator Ilene Chaiken and Beals, Moennig and Hailey.
The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, president of Entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour.
“Marja has brought her unique and contemporary vision to ‘The L Word’ and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ilene’s groundbreaking series,” said Levine. “This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on Showtime, and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019.”
The announcement adds: “In this revival, Beals, Moennig and Hailey will star on the series as their original characters alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.”